Chant Days 2020



Monday 6th April 2020
10am - 1pm
Chant for Holy Week and Saint Aldhelm

We begin with hear-and-respond repetitions, a brief look at Gregorian notation, then recite a short yet complete Monastic service for the Third Hour. After a refreshment break at 11am we work with music in honour of St Aldhelm and with music for Holy Week, giving an insight into the historical traditions used in the original Malmesbury Abbey services. We conclude with the midday Office of Sext at 12:45pm.
After the lunch break the Abbey workshop continues at  2:00 pm with an Opening Chant by the chant group, and sessions on Aldhelm the poet, exploring some of the Riddles and with options to explore our own creativity in riddles, poetry, prose, or colour or in contemplation using the Abbey spaces and Labyrinth. At 3:45 pm the chant group sings the Closing Chant and the day ends at 4:00 pm.

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BENSLOW MUSIC - Hitchin, Herts

Monday 4th May - Thursday 7th May 2020
4-day residential course.

Benslow is a dedicated centre for music hosting many courses for all abilities throughout the year. GREGORIAN CHANT: THE JOY OF SINGING uses texts which express singing and music.  
This is an immersive course for singers and for those with interests in the history of music, theology, meditation, and cultural history, which works through reading, learning and singing the chant.
The price (Resident: £420 Non-Resident: £320) includes 3 nights accommodation, and a cooked breakfast, lunch and supper each day. The excellent catering staff also provide cake and biscuits at coffee and tea time. There is a bar, and a wonderful garden.  
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WORCESTER LODGE - Didmarton, Badminton GL9  
Saturday 27th June 10 am - 4 pm
Sing Alleluia

A delightful variety of settings in chant of ‘ALLELUIA’, (Praise the Lord’). As usual the day is structured within the meditative recitation of the short Benedictine monastic chant services and concludes with a sequence of chant and Compline.
By donation on the day.
Bread & cheese lunch, tea & coffee refreshments provided.
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Saturday 12th September 2020 10 am - 5 pm

Monastic music in a unique setting - the amazing resonant Abbot’s Kitchen in the Abbey. A day putting together a sequence of early English chant for performance to an informal audience in the afternoon.

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Saturday 31st October 2020 10 am - 4 pm

For those with theological, historical or musical interests. The theology of Gregorian chant is explored through singing the day course structured around the monastic hour services. Singing experience is welcome, though not necessary for the course. There will be a chance to sing the short midday service in the Trinity Chapel of Salisbury Cathedral.
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If you would like a Chant Day Workshop in your area please ask me and I will try and set one up.   

are a chance to experience Gregorian chant
in a friendly, entertaining, informative and enjoyable context.

All are invited and welcome to join

- women & men - singers & non-singers - experienced singers & beginners
We begin with singing simple hear-and-respond repetitions,

followed by a brief working look at Gregorian notation;

and then recite a short yet complete Monastic service for the Third Hour.  

The day is structured around the traditional Benedictine monastic hour services
these 15 minute meditative services are recited mainly in English.
Sessions work toward an informal performance of a sequence of chant
including some of the rich heritage of Latin chant.


The day is led by John Rowlands-Pritchard who worked as a professional singer in the cathedral choirs of Ely and of Wells, and as an oratorio soloist; and founded the group Opus Anglicanum, 5 singers and a reader.

Studied mediaeval song with Professor John Stevens and early Gregorian chant with Dr. Mary Berry at Cambridge, illustrating lectures and broadcast talks for both.

Sang as a Cantor with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge for recital work and recording in many European cathedrals and abbeys, and in the Vatican.

Has directed Gregorian Chant Days for university music departments, cathedral choirs, music festivals, and adult education colleges.

Is an honorary Associate of the Royal School of Church Music for work with the chant.

Has recently worked for Glastonbury Abbey, Benslow Music, with the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory Co.Meath Ireland, Sarum College, Dorchester Arts, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Seattle Cathedral Compline Choir


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